At the recent biannual member meeting, the EarthShare Texas Membership Council unanimously voted in a returning member: Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center. We are glad to have this dedicated nonprofit back on our growing team. Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center (LBJWC) inspires the conservation of native plants and uses native plants to both restore and create sustainable landscapes. As our latest member, LBJWC joins a host of other leading environmental nonprofits that benefit from EarthShare Texas’ network and funding opportunities.
Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center was designated the official Botanic Garden and Arboretum of Texas back in 2017. Through extensive conservation efforts, which include 284 acres for gardens, research and restoration, plus programs for education and outreach, LBJWC has created an immense and lasting impact. One of their operations is Native Plants of North America, which is an online resource for native plants featuring over 25,000 plants. The community created around LBJWC has over 16,000 members, and volunteers donate over 32,000 hours of service yearly helping its projects flourish. Along with developing SkySystem, a planting medium for green roofs, and Habiturf, a native turfgrass mix–, LBJWC educates over 200,000 guests a year on native plants and sustainability. It is remarkable what they’ve been able to create and propagate.
The Many Benefits of EarthShare Texas Membership
As a member of the EarthShare Texas network, Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center now has the support and backing of our workplace giving campaigns as well as our corporate donors, Reliant and H-E-B. With these unrestricted funds and marketing support, LBJWC will be able to bolster its message as well as easily connect to the vast EarthShare Texas network of other excellent environmental charities.
How to Become An EarthShare Texas Member
Applications for membership open on April 30th (for the following year) and are due to EarthShare Texas by August 31. An EarthShare Texas committee reviews the application in October, and every January the Membership Council votes to approve or deny the applicant. EarthShare Texas thoroughly vets its members to ensure they are a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization. The applying member must have a mission centered around conserving natural resources or building a sustainable and healthy environment and be governed by a volunteer board of directors.
EarthShare Texas is actively recruiting environmental equity members and looks forward to this year’s upcoming applications.
Once again, welcome Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, and we look forward to many years of your wonderful work!